HOVIK, Norway — DNV has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) to strengthen confidence in emerging wind farm control technology.
Wind farm control covers the models and procedures required to control each turbine in a wind farm (e.g., wake steering and induction control) to optimize the wind farm’s total output or overall performance.
It is also said to allow operators to extract additional energy, potentially optimizing loading across turbines, and to retrieve some of the wake losses that cause reduced energy yield.
Supporters of the JIP include EDF Renewables, Enel Green Power, ENGIE, Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, GreenCoat, Iberdrola/Scottish Power, Pattern, RES, RWE, Shell, Vestas, Windey, and Ørsted.
Lars Landberg, DNV vice president, said, “Successful design and implementation of WFC [wind farm control] requires accurate, analytical techniques and models and their validation against experimental data. The industry is currently relying upon narrow sets of data and is looking to accelerate the demonstration of bankability of these tools and methods to scale up.”